Great book of crochet design motif elements for advanced beginner through advanced crocheter

Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs

By: Sandra Eng

Rating: 5 of 5

I have crocheted for more than 30 years and am still always open to learning new ways of looking at the art. In this book, the author Sandra Eng, brings in the concept of the color wheel and how to use it to produce motifs that can either be soothing or arresting to see.

She uses a single type of yarn, Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima cotton to show the examples in the book. While that makes for a consistent visual experience for the motif examples, I would have liked to have seen some other types/weights of yarn used in the projects that are included in the book. Apart from this small nit, I am very pleased with the book overall.

The instructions for patterns are given both in graphs and in written format. The author uses the US standard for her instructions but with the visual graph, a crocheter from anywhere in the world can follow along.

I definitely found new motifs that I have not tried before and am looking at my yarn selections with a new perspective. I use the color wheel in other crafts but had never considered using it for selecting yarn. I also found that the project patterns in the book were ones that I would be happy to take on, especially the mod flower shawl and both of the pillows.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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